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    I read this the other day, thought it was worth sharing. I know some here will vehemently disagree but I'm not trying to stir the pot here, just thought it was well written and contained some interesting observations.

    The full article is at the link.

    Co-operation can be a powerful tool | theage.com.au
     
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    Fucking no spine tree hugging Liberal! *Shakes fist* :rofl:

    In all seriousness, good article Diuretic and thanks for sharing.

    If you wouldn't mind by the way taking a look at the depression thread in the economy section and reading my last post? Like another opinion on it.
     
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    Of course Robert - but my opinion is worth - in the vernacular - squat. But I'm learning, bit by bit.
     
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    I think you have to be a natural born American citizen to hold a valid opinion around here.
     
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    I know you didn't ask me Robert but I am going to view your post as well and give you my opinion.:eusa_drool:
     
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    It's bluff - I haven't been deported once and if I am deported I'll dig a tunnel and sneak back :D
     
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    I confess that I typically cannot stand to listen to political speeches addressed to the public at large.

    Not from Obama, not from anyone.

    I understand all too well how to move a crowd to listen to those inspiring speeches.

    Show me the legislation the policies and the actions...that's where the truth of any politician can be found.
     
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    That's pretty much my take on it too. Guess I've heard so many of the same type over the years that they sound mechanical and quite contrived to appeal to emotion rather than intellect.
    I would much rather hear a speech designed to inform than one that inspires.
     
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    Speeches have various purposes. An inauguration speech is, I think, by its very nature a statement of intent, albeit couched in very broad terms and given the divisions in the US after eight years of BushCheney, inspiration may well have been an appropriate aim for Obama's inauguration speech. Many commentators have noted that it lacked the soaring rhetoric of his previous speeches, that's appropriate though, he has a tough job in front of him, it was best to explain the vision and explain the aspirations.

    There will be other speeches from Obama that seek to achieve other aims.
     
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    It has gotten to be where speeches are SO stiff, SO precisley scripted, SO formal that they may as well have a machine do it. Every word has to be so carefully crafted that when it is over I feel as if I have just been fed mush. What happened to substance ?
     

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